5 natural remedies to get rid of mucus, phlegm and help you to sing, even if you have a cold.
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Today’s video will help you if you suffer from frequent colds, sinusitus Like I do, frequent blocked nose, phlegm and all of that nasty stuff that gets in the way of our singing.
Part of achieving a good clear sound means keeping your airways open and clear as you sing so if you find that you get a lot of phlegm this can get in the way of your singing because you have to keep clearing your throat all the time or if you get that post nasal drip and you have to keep swallowing that can be annoying this can block your nasal passages at the back and makes you sound like you have more of a nasal tone.
So I’m going to share five all natural remedies for getting rid of mucus and keeping your airways clear. Do if you have to sing and you’ve got a cold, do these things and it will really help:
Steaming is an age old singers trick and it really helps keep your airways clear its one of the reasons you sound awesome in the shower – reverb and steam.
Now I’ve actually done another video on how to steam where I walk you through the process and I’ll put a link to it in the description. Its called how to prepare your voice before a show if you have a cold.
So basically you boil the kettle, pour the the water into a pan, then you get a towel, put it over your head voer the pan, make sure you don’t get too close because steam can burn if you get too close and then you spend about five minutes under your little tent breathing in the steam.
Make you’re you breathe in through your nose and your mouth and it will help to lubricate your vocal folds before you sing and to super charge it if you have a cold… add two drops of eucalyptus oil in the bottom of the pan before you put the water in and this will help to break up the mucus and destroy bacterial infections because Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial.
2. Use A Nasal Douche
Some people might say ‘OMG I’m not doing that’ but if you suffer from a blocked nose, have cold, get that post nasal drip or sinusitis like I do which not only blocks everything up but makes you feel tired and run down then this will help you so much.
You dont need to get fancy with it – I use this kit that I got from the pharmacy its like $12 and you boil water or use purified water which is very important to kill any bacterial lurking in the water – you don’t want to be putting stuff up your nose that isn’t 100% safe.
Then you prepare the water with a special nasal water preparing sachet and then you squeeze it into one nostril over a basin and the gunk runs out the other nostril. Then you switch.
I do this every single day twice daily because I suffer from such bad sinusitis but if you have a cold then do it twice daily leading up to a performance. Once in the morning before you wake up, once in the evening before you go to bed and you will notice a difference.
3: This is a weird one, ever weirder than the nasal douche: Put Eucalyptus oil on the soles of your feet and cover them with socks before you go to sleep
The soles of your feet can absorb oil. It will help you to breathe easier at night and keep your nose clear. Weird but it works so well. Eucalyptus is my favourite because I find it incredibly effective and it is antibacterial but if you don’t have any, you can use Tiger Balm or Vics Vapour Oil if you’re desperate.
4. Steer clear of antibiotics
They disrupt the natural balace of bacteria in your gut and as a result you can make your body more susceptible to bacteria making your body fight it off which means more phlegm and sore thorats. If you have to take an antibiotic, make sure you take a good quality probiotic at the same time.
I actually recommend taking a probiotic anyway to keep your gut health in tip top condition.
5. Don’t drink phlegm producing drinks before you sing
Milk is the enemy. It phlegm producing drink and so is soda. Everyone reacts differently to various substances, and I drink a lot of milk but dont drink it just before or during singing. And I dont drink sode/ soft drinks because they are full of sugar and bad for your teeth and full of chemicals and make you put on weight and they’re just disgusting and I cant have that stuff in my body.
So there you do – five all natural, super ways to get rid of mucus for singing. If I have a cold and I need to sing – which is always because I do about two/ three gigs a week , I do ALL these things to keep my voice in top condition.
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